Thinking of selling your house? Simple steps to enhance your gardens curb appeal
Are you thinking of selling your house? One of the most important factors is grabbing potential buyer’s attention is the initial appearance of your property and grounds, the or ‘curb appeal’. A good curb appeal can really catch a potential buyers eye and draw them in for a house viewing, it is an essential first stepping in finding that all important buyer for you home.
As well as the immediate exterior of your property, it is important to not underestimate the effect that the appearance of a front garden and surrounding grounds has on the opinion of a buyer. A well kept front garden associates itself with a well kept house. There are a number of initial, do-it-yourself steps that you can take to improve the appearance of your garden. These include:
- Mowing your lawn
- Make sure bushes and hedges are trimmed
- Add fresh mulch to your flower beds
- Remove weeds or dead plants
- Installing lighting so your property also looks good at night
Some other important tasks that are equally important but can be a bit trickier to carry out yourself include assessing whether dead or diseased trees need removing, or trying to get rid of an old tree stump that may be causing access issues. This is the time to call in a professionally trained arborist who will have the knowledge and expertise to asses if your trees can be saved or how to safely handle their removal. Below we have expanded on some common procedures that can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your property.
Removing Dead or Diseased Trees
Dead trees can be an eyesore and give the impression of an uncared for garden. They can also potentially be hazards to you or your homes safety if they are unstable.
If you only have a small tree it may be possible to remove it yourself with the proper equipment and access, however for larger or more difficult to access trees, calling in a professional arborist to do the job for you would be a good idea. A trained arborist has the expertise and professional equipment to carry out the job both quickly and safely, so you don’t have to put yourself or your home at risk from falling branches or other debris.
Dead and diseased trees removal also pose high risk to property and personal injury – do not delay professional attention.
Removing Tree Stumps
If you have recently removed a tree yourself and are left with the stump, it can be an unsightly blot on your garden, cause issues with access or re-landscaping, or even become a home for unwanted pests such as termites or ants.
With root systems that are often well embedded in to the ground, stumps are notoriously difficult to remove. Rather than struggling through the almost impossible tasking of attempting to remove a stump yourself, professional machinery such as stump grinders can take care of the job quickly and efficiently.
Stump grinders vary in size and work by grinding down a stump in sections, getting rid of the visible stump as well as the roots below the ground. Certain species of tree can grow back from a root ball left in the ground but stump grinding ensures that this will not happen in the future, therefore providing a suitable ground surface for re-landscaping.
This machinery is very effective but can be highly dangerous, so always bring in a professionally trained arborist to carry out the work for you.
Tree Trimming or Canopy Thinning
If your property is obscured by a large tree, one way to make the most of your home’s beautiful façade without removing the tree is to prune or trim branches that are blocking the view, or thin out the canopy so you can see more through the leaves.
As well as providing a better view of your property from the street, these actions can have the benefit of allowing more light in to your property if the tree is close to the house, and reducing access issues for pedestrians and cars if the chosen tree is close to the property boundary or sidewalk.
If you are thinking about selling your property and would like to consult an arborist about the potential to trim branches or remove dead trees or stumps in your garden, then get in touch with Jim’s Trees today.
With our franchises covering most of New Zealand, we are a team of professionally trained arborists who have the knowledge and expertise to carry out services including tree removal, tree pruning, stump grinding and mulching.
Contact us either online or over the phone on 0800 454 654 today for a free consultation or obligation free quote.